Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a difference between male and female driving instructors?

There isn’t any in terms of skill or expertise. Every driving trainer, regardless of gender, will have gone through the same rigorous training.

What are the possible reasons for selecting a female instructor?

Some people may choose a female driving trainer due to personal preference or other factors. Here are some of the main reasons:

  • Feeling comfortable
  • Bad experience with male instructors
  • Religious/cultural aspects

Is it difficult to find female driving instructors?

They can be. Because most driving instructors are males, women driving trainers may be in limited supply. In the UK, there are around 40,000 ADIs, with little more than a quarter of them being female.

Should I select a male or a female as an instructor?

That is all up to you. It may not make a difference for some, whilst others may prefer a female driving trainer. However, we believe that successful learning to drive experience is primarily determined by the instructor’s patience, competence, and professionalism – all of which you can expect from us.

In which automobile will I learn to drive?

The automobile model that pupils will learn to drive will vary from trainer to trainer. Ford, Kia, and Vauxhall are among the most famous automobile models. Whichever automobile you learn to drive in, it will have been modified such that dual control is available for your teacher to utilise if and when necessary.

Where will I be picked up?

The majority of our driving instructors will pick up students at their residences. However, please remember that other locations such as work or college may be arranged with early notice.

Is it necessary to pass my theory test prior to scheduling driving lessons?

Before taking driving lessons, you do not need to pass the driving theory exam. However, some trainee drivers choose to study and pass the theory test first to concentrate on the practical training and put their knowledge into practice. Other students want to combine theory test preparation with learning to drive to get valuable road experience and boost their chances of passing the theory exam the first time. So it all comes down to how you want to learn.

I applied for my Provisional Driving Licence, but it hasn't yet arrived. So, can I still begin my lessons?

No. Before you may begin driving on public roads, you must first get your Provisional Licence.

How many training hours will I need to pass my driving test?

This is dependent on you, your age, if you have any prior driving experience to draw on, how often you can attend your lessons, how fast you pick things up, and whether you manage to get any private practice. For example, a beginner driver aged 17 who gets things up quickly may need between 26 and 29 hours, but a 38-year-old may require 36 – 45 hours.

Is it true that examiners can only pass the "X" number of students every week?

This is merely a story told by folks who don’t pass the test. Rather than admitting they made a mistake, they claim the examiner was forced to fail them due to quotas. Wrong. You will pass if you drive safely and lawfully to the necessary level, as instructed by your teacher.

I've lost my driver's licence somewhere. Can I continue to take lessons?

This question has two possible answers! First and foremost, no. Before you drive on public roads, your teacher will need to view your licence during your FIRST class. Second, you absolutely can. If your teacher has previously seen and verified the authenticity of your driver’s licence, but it has now been misplaced after you presented it to them. If you already hold a Provisional Licence, you may continue taking classes while applying for a DVLA copy. You will also be sent away if you attempt to bring your Theory or Practical Driving Tests without a valid driver’s licence.

Do examiners have their passing quota?

No, they don’t. Instead, the result is checked and examined if the examiner does his own thing instead of staying within the DVSA’s grading requirements.

Should I shift down a gear when slowing down in traffic or pull over to the side of the road?

No, you are not required to. The fundamental rule is that the gears are avoided, and the brakes are used to slow down. Brake down to the required speed then shifts into a gear appropriate for that speed. If you have stopped on the roadside, the gear will be neutral; if you are in traffic and expect to go quickly, the gear will be first.

Do I need to signal every time I move off to the side of the road?

There is no purpose in signalling if your departure will not affect anybody, including approaching vehicles and pedestrians.

Can I bring someone with me to the test?

You may request the presence of a friend or trainer, but they must not interfere. If you need an interpreter, you should bring one with you. Your interpreter must be at least 16 years old and use appropriate seat restraints. The DVSA strongly encourages you to take someone with you on your test.

Should I drive throughout the test?

Drive in the way instructed to you by your trainer. Don’t be concerned if you make a mistake. It might be a minor blunder that has no impact on your outcome. Your examiner will be looking for a general level of safety. As a result, you will not fail because of a blunder.

How long will the practical examination last?

It takes around 40 minutes. The extended test for those convicted of serious driving offences will run about 70 minutes.

Can I drive on roads while using L plates?

Yes, however, you cannot drive on a highway until you have completed your practical driving test.

How many Driving Lessons will I require?

The driver’s record will aid you in organising how you learn to drive. Those who pass their driving test have had 47 hours of professional and 20 hours of private practice. But some individuals need more than 100 hours of professional training.

I'd like to learn to drive, but I'm terrified of traffic.

Don’t worry. Our instructors at QBH are well-trained and will put you at ease. Your initial lessons will be on quiet roads, where you will master the fundamentals of vehicle control before being gradually pushed to more complicated traffic situations.

Can I drive on roads while using L plates?

Yes, however, you cannot drive on a highway until you have completed your practical driving test.

It's difficult for me to shift into second gear around roundabouts. Is it OK to go around first?

It all depends on how fast you are. But it’s not safe to go around the roundabout in first gear at 20 mph, and the car isn’t meant for it. However, if there is simply a little roundabout and you must drive carefully around it, first gear will suffice. So keep practising and  Inquire your driving instructor for assistance.

How can I schedule a practical test?

It is advisable not to apply for your practical test until your Instructor has informed you that you are ready. Tests frequently include a waiting period. Waiting durations vary by location but may range from a few weeks to 12 weeks.

Is it permissible to put L plates on both the front and rear windscreens?

A learner’s licence must be displayed on every vehicle operated by a learner. Plates must meet legal requirements and be visible to people from both the front and back of the car.

Do I need to equip my car with an extra rearview mirror before the test?

Yes, vehicles that do not satisfy the minimum test vehicle standards are ineligible for testing, and your test may be cancelled with a paid fee.

If I lost my Theory Test pass certificate. Can I schedule a practical test without it?

You may now get a copy of your certificate number over the Internet. If you’ve misplaced your original letter, you may look up your theoretical test pass certificate number. This will be required when you schedule your practical test and may be necessary anytime; otherwise, your practical test will be cancelled.

Is there anything more you need to pay on the test day except your original booking price, such as insurance?

The money paid at the time of booking covers the cost of the Examiner’s taking you to the exam. You do not have to pay the DVSA any extra fee or insurance.

What is the waiting period for a practical driving test?

This is determined by where you reside. It might take a few days in some locations and up to 12 weeks in others.

When was Independent Driving added to the Practical Test?

In the United Kingdom, independent driving became part of the practical driving test on October 4, 2010, but was altered again in late 2017.

This portion of the test requires you to drive without turn-by-turn guidance from the trainer and lasts around 20 minutes or half of the examination.

Most candidates will be required to follow instructions from a sat-nav during the solo driving portion of the exam. But, surprisingly, one out of every five driving exams will not include the use of a sat-nav. Instead, you’ll need to pay attention to traffic indicators.